This Chicago House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Is Under $150,000

published Mar 18, 2020
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A single-family home designed by acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright is up for sale. The 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom Chicago residence located at 1214 South Harvard Avenue is listed for a modest $145,000.

Dubbed The Foster House and Stable, the three-level home was built in 1890, shortly before Wright opened his own architectural practice. The dwelling sits on less than a quarter of an acre of land but offers 2,408 square feet of interior space, plus there’s a heated car garage.

The charming farmhouse style abode has a cedar exterior, a shingled roof, a patio and a porch. Inside, the main level features a foyer, a bedroom, a living room, family room, kitchen with a walk-in pantry and a separate dining room. On the second floor are a maid’s room plus the other four bedrooms, including the master. The home also has a fully finished basement. Other interior features include a wood-burning fireplace in the living room. 

The home’s characteristically low price tag is indicative of a pricing trend for other FLW homes in the Midwest city that have been selling for “less than comparable homes on the market,” The Real Deal reported. According to the listing, the asking price has dropped by $30,000 from a previous listing in November of 2018. 

While there remains an undeniable enthusiasm and reverence for Wright’s architectural contributions, a recent Crain’s report explained why FLW homes in Chicago are a hard sell for buyers. 

“They are, in part, the victim of changing tastes that have also hit Victorians and other once-beloved styles. Buyers today prefer new construction and midcentury modern homes, many of which were designed by the Chicago architects who came after Wright. His homes frequently have small bedrooms and kitchens, low ceilings and extensive dark wood trim. While they can be—and many have been—remodeled inside, buyers shy away from purchasing projects, preferring move-in-ready homes.”

The Foster House and Stable is represented by Armond Boulware at Coldwell Banker Homes.